American ISIS bride speaks out

Hoda Muthana sat down with ABC News' James Longman in an exclusive interview to discuss her journey to Syria, her marriage and what she says is a mistake.
3:29 | 02/20/19

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Now to an ABC news exclusive with an American ISIS bride now hoping to be allowed back home more than four years after she left the U.S. To join the islamic state. She sat down with James Longman who was there in Syria for us. Good morning, James. Reporter: Good morning, robin. For four years Hoda mothana lived in the so-called islamic state. A 19-year-old from Alabama drawn to the cult by online forums of extremists. We found her near in Syria in a camp alone with her 18-month-old son begging to come back to the United States. Speaking for the first time on television, 24-year-old Hoda mothana says she was radicalized and brainwashed by a secret Twitter group of up to 3,000 ISIS youth. When I was 17 I had an account on Twitter and we were all just Normal muslims speaking together and like we were just learning off each other, feeding off each other. We heard the caliphate was announced then we interpreted ourselves that it was obligatory to go. Reporter: She left her family and friends in Alabama crossing into Syria. Locked in a safehouse she says her only choice was marriage. Does that sound crazy to you now. Sounds very crazy. She married an Australian jihadi, he was dead in three months. The next husband the father of her 18-month-old son also killed. I asked if she knew about ISIS atrocities. We didn't see much but what we did see with we did see it, we would see dead bodies in public. Reporter: Her friends and family says before she traveled to Syria she was a kind and quiet teenager. She was gentle. She was smiling and nobody could have ever imagined that she would join a group of that violent nature. Reporter: She says war has changed her. She does admit helping spread ISIS propaganda in the past calling for a tax on Americans on Twitter saying in one tweet, Americans wake up, go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood. Do you feel shame when you hear that? Very much, yeah. What do you think would be kind of a Normal -- Maybe therapy lessons, maybe a process that will ensure us that we'll never do this again. Jail time, I don't know if that has an effect on people. Reporter: I don't know if you've quite grasped how awful ISIS was to the communities. The women enslaved. The men and women who were accused of being homosexuals pushed off buildings. Do you fee regret and sorrow and remorse for being part of an organization like ISIS? Definitely it's -- it's not islamic at all. I believe that 100%. Reporter: The lawyer representing the mothana family says she's ready to face justice here in the United States if she's allowed to come home. She's trying to herself and right now we're willing the U.S. Government to take action. Reporter: If she does come back to the United States she can expect severe punut dealing with returning jihadis is complex. A British ISIS woman who also wants to go home has found out the uk is to revoke her citizenship. Guys. James, if she comes back to the United States these were serious potentially serious crimes she was engaged in so would have to face trial and would have to face justice despite whatever sympathy people felt for her.

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